Have full faith in Army Chief: Antony

A K Antony said that the "unfortunate controversy" over Army Chief General V K Singh`s age had come to an end with the Supreme Court judgement.

Updated: Feb 13, 2012, 13:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid speculation that Gen V K
Singh may resign after losing his battle on the age issue,
Defence Minister A K Antony today said he has "full faith" in
Army Chief and asked his colleagues to "bury" the "unfortunate
controversy".

The Minister expressed happiness over the end of the
controversy on the issue after the developments in the
Supreme Court where Gen Singh withdrew his petition last week.

"The government has confidence in the present chief and
that was conveyed in the Supreme Court also. Everything is
clear and we have confidence in him," Antony told reporters
when asked if Gen Singh has offered to resign after the apex
court verdict.

After the Army Chief withdrew his petition, there has
been intense media speculation that he could quit. His term
gets over on May 31 and a number of names have been doing
rounds as to who would succeed him.

"I am very happy that this very unfortunate controversy
is over after the judgment of the Supreme Court. In the
interest of national security, please forget and bury this
unfortunate controversy.

"Whatever has happened has happened and is over now... I
request my colleagues to close this chapter and let us all
work together to strengthen national security. For us,
national interest is supreme," Antony said.

The Defence Minister made the remarks just ahead of Gen
Singh`s scheduled departure for Britain on an official visit.

The Supreme Court had said that the government`s decision
on Singh`s date of birth will apply to his service matters,
forcing him to withdraw his petition.

The apex court had,
however, clarified that the judgement did not reflect on the
competence and capability of the Army Chief.

PTI